During the month of May Mallory participated in a UCSD research study that I’ve been meaning to tell you about. I wanted her to participate because the data collected will allow investigators to examine the role of attention and memory on listening comprehension in children and will lead to more effective ways of educating children with and without learning disabilities. She wanted to do it because each participant receives $75, which was all the motivation that Mallory needed since she’s saving up for an American Girl doll.
On three different days we drove to UCSD and met with the sweetest research assistants who tested Mal using computerized games, flash cards, stories and more. Each session lasted about two hours, and she was paid $25 at the end of each visit. I was reimbursed for mileage.
I don’t have any photos to share with you because the sessions are held in the testing lab. Although I was able to peek in, parents are not allowed to distract. I chose to sit in the waiting room, but parents are invited to drop off and come back after the testing is completed.
While she claimed to enjoy the experience, I could tell that Mallory was a bit stressed at being tested. She’s a perfectionist and took it very seriously, even though she was only asked to do her best. At the end of her last visit, she was able to select a book out of the prize closet, which she seemed to like as much as earning $25!
The Pediatric Attention, Language & Memory (PALM) Study is supported by the National Institutes of Health to collect a wealth of information about language development in children. The team at UCSD is led by Dr. Julia Evans who is working with collaborators at two other universities.
I highly recommend participating in this or other research projects. For more information, read the flier below to determine whether your child qualifies, then fill out the form at this link.